RESTORE Summer Report
RESTORE is alive and well! During the second quarter of 2019, RESTORE provided food to 1,665 households. This represents a nearly 40% increase over 1,193 families that RESTORE served over the same three-month period in 2018.
One of the ways that RESTORE raises money to purchase supplementary food items is by holding occasional yard sales. They use these events to sell donated items that people bring to RESTORE on an almost daily basis. RESTORE also allows other vendors to rent and set up selling spaces alongside them, thereby creating a real community flea market atmosphere. The next RESTORE yard sale will be held on Saturday, August 10th. We hope to have many sellers and buyers participate.
Our Summer Restoration Project
Thanks to the men and women who have participated in our campus cleanup efforts this summer. Over the past five Wednesday mornings, we have cleaned windows, power-washed buildings and sidewalks, trimmed bushes and trees, and even begun some painting and repair efforts. Next Wednesday (July 24th) will be our last summer workday, and we hope to see as many as can make it.
While some have been generous with their time, others have been generous with their treasure. At the request of the trustees last Sunday, a total of $359 was raised—enough to purchase 4 5-gallon buckets of exterior paint. A $200 cash donation was made to purchase a new exterior door and lockset for the youth building, and additional money has been promised to help repair our gazebo and replace our side sanctuary doors.
As Gary, our head trustee has put it: Our campus did not fall into disrepair overnight, and everything will not be fixed overnight either. But with the congregation’s help, we can continue to restore and beautify our facilities and make it more welcoming to our community.
Breakfast at our New Worship Service
Our growing 8:00 AM worship service will now include a continental breakfast. This service is informally held in our Fellowship Hall. It has been designed to meet the worship needs of families and others with a busy Sunday schedule. Drop in, share a mini breakfast from 7:30—8:00 AM, worship your savior, and fellowship with friends and neighbors. Your family is then invited to attend adult and children small groups at 9:00 AM.
We will celebrate VBS Sunday for our neighborhood children and their families on Sunday, July 21st. The Care Committee will have an ice cream social reception immediately following the 10:30 AM service to conclude that celebration.
English and Spanish GED Classes
Coming in the Fall
Lay Pastor Norma Encarnacion and RUMC is partnering with the neighborhood ECHO facility to provide English and Spanish GED classes in the fall of 2019. Enrollment for these classes will begin in August. Look in this space for more details and enrollment information.